Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen used under pressure, otherwise known as hyperbaric oxygen, can be
especially effective in treating non-healing wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen
therapy (HBOT) enhances your body’s natural healing process and
strengthens your immune system.
During HBOT, a patient lies comfortably in a clear, acrylic, tube-like
compartment that releases pure oxygen. The air pressure is raised two
to three times above regular atmospheric pressure, resulting in blood
plasma oxygen concentrations 10 to 15 times greater than normal. This
increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and allows a high level of
oxygen to infuse damaged wound tissues. This speeds the healing process
while also fighting infection. HBOT can be used in conjunction with traditional
wound care methods.
Hyperbaric patients are able to see clearly through the chamber and can
watch TV or DVDs, sleep or read during treatment. Patients are accompanied
by a HBOT-certified technician at all times.
The therapy typically involves one two-hour session per day, Monday through
Friday, for 30 to 40 days. To help patients make this steep time commitment,
the staff at Suburban helps coordinate transportation to and from the